Disasters & Accidents

Vietnam braces for another storm after worst floods in decades

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Oct 22 (efe-epa).- Vietnam is preparing for a new tropical storm as it continues to suffer the worst floods in decades, which have caused at least 114 deaths and left 21 missing.

Local and international humanitarian organizations and hundreds of private Vietnamese citizens have mobilized in recent days to provide food to the central region, hit by seven tropical storms in recent weeks.

As reported Thursday by the Vietnamese National Center for Disaster Management, 60 people were buried by landslides caused by rains, 41 have died and 21 have disappeared dragged by floods, eight perished in navigation accidents and another five died from other causes.

The storms have particularly affected farmers and ranchers, who have lost more than 7,000 hectares of crops, 5,876 head of livestock and 685,000 poultry as a result of the floods.

Authorities in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces, among the poorest in the country, have evacuated 206,000 people so far, a number that could increase with the imminent arrival of Tropical Storm Saudel.

After causing floods in the Philippines, the storm is gaining intensity in the South China Sea and may hit the center and north of the country from Friday.

The tropical storm could also bring heavy rains and winds to neighboring Cambodia, where floods that began earlier in the month have killed at least 35 people and affected at least 78,000 people, according to government data.

Central Vietnam had not experienced floods of this magnitude due to the storms since those that killed 595 in 1999. EFE-EPA

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